Tia Calvin serves as the Interim Executive Assistant to the Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Sibby Anderson-Thompkins. Tia is passionate about working to address the communication needs of international and regional underserved communities. Tia earned a BA in Journalism from Lipscomb University, where she studied content development, event coordinating and editing. She will graduate with her Master’s of Science in Media Management from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School in 2022.
Over the course of her collegiate career, she has been challenged to craft experiences that motivate individuals to serve their community and increase diversity in the workplace. Prior to joining UNC’s Office of the Provost, Tia interned with several media industry professionals including a local North Carolina nonprofit, a service-oriented Nashville university academic program, and a remote digital startup. In her various roles, she acquired knowledge of how to write social media campaigns, publish targeted creative content, and implement leadership initiatives centered on diversity.
Get to Know Tia:
Name your favorite podcasts.
I’m a fan of Okay, Now Listen by Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell!!
Best perk of your job?
I love making an impact on- and off-campus. I hope to create outsourced experiences for both university faculty and corporate executives to engage with their communities and make a difference in their own organizations.
In an alternate universe, what would you do for a living?
I would have loved to be a cruise ship or theme park blogger! I enjoy traveling to new places, especially when I get to ride record-breaking roller coasters.
Name three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.
I grew up on the small island of Okinawa, Japan and speak some Japanese; I’m a huge foodie and will try just about any food once!; I ran Division 1 Track and Field at my undergraduate university and competed in Tokyo in high school!
What’s on your bucket list?
I hope to live internationally again one day! Preferably somewhere in Asia or South America.
Whom do you admire…and why?
I admire the women in my family, especially my mom and grandmothers. They raised me to be a Godly woman with strong goals and encouraged me to always be myself. I hope to pass along that same legacy of leadership.